In 2007, four months after my first blog post, I wrote about President Dwight Eisenhower putting the finger on “unethical government officials…” who allowed illegals to enter the country, and stay, as a favor to ranchers and others who wanted low-wage workers. According to Eisenhower’s first attorney general, Herbert Brownell Jr., Ike was disturbed by the ONE MILLION coming into this country, unchecked, every year. The short story is that he sent them deep into the heart of Mexico on buses, trains and ships. On two ships alone, the Emancipation and the Mercurio, illegals were shipped from Port Isabel, Texas 500 miles south to Vera Cruz, Mexico. That’s exclusive of the “tens of thousands” sent home by bus and train. See below the four points that were not a reality during Eisenhower’s time.
In correspondence between Eisenhower and Senator William Fullbright (D-AR), Eisenhower quoted a New York Times article:
The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican(s) [snip] to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government.
I can’t find the original link to the New York Times article, but CS Monitor quotes the story.
In 2007, I was already quoting stats saying that we had 12 to 20 million illegals in the United States. Today, we hear it’s 11 million. Eight years later, who do they think they’re kidding?
Eisenhower campaigned on the issue of stopping the inflow of illegals. He won, and then he did something about it with less than on-tenth of the number of Border Patrol agents we had in 2007. Under Eisenhower’s leadership, “entrenched immigration officials” were forced out of border areas “where their political connections” with influential Senators could no longer affect U.S. law.
In my original article, I made four points:
1) In the early ’50’s, there were 3 million illegals. Today there’s 12-20 million illegals with a population of 300 million, with more flooding in each day – and they are more determined than ever to encroach, as responsible Americans hold strong for closed borders.
2) In the ’50’s, illegals were not on our welfare rolls, were not stealing our social security numbers, were not flooding our hospitals, were not flooding our schools, were not receiving loans for housing, were not hanging our flag upside down with the American flag below Mexico, and they were not protected by Liberals, whether Democrat or Republican.
3) The illegal “vote” did not exist.
4) We had a President determined to close the border and rid the government of corrupt officials.
By September of Eisenhower’s first year in office, “80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily.” (again, see the link above to Christian Science Monitor)
Grumpy Elder at Grumpy Opinions weighed in on Eisenhower, and said:
Ike proved laws work a lot better if they’re enforced, currently Washington DC’s official policy seems to be ignore the law, don’t enforce it and when people ask why the laws not working, tell them the law’s flawed or broken..
Our Constitution demands the President “Take care that the laws be enforced” Read the remedy for those ignoring their oath of office at Grumpy Opinions.
For those who have been in school over the last three decades, at the time of his presidency, Dwight David Eisenhower was a former Five Star General and the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in World War II.
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